The 2008 Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert presents the University Symphony Orchestra, joined by the University Chorus and Motet Choir, performing a monumental work to culminate the 2007-2008 concert season: Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, "Resurrection". Soprano Kimberly Jones and mezzo-soprano Stacy Eckert are the featured soloists; Barbara Schubert conducts.
This is the second performance, given on 01 June 2008 in Mandel Hall at the University of Chicago. The first performance can be found here.
July 7, 2009 Subject:
Time to Retire the Subtitle
This is a very good performance - the Archive has others , too - but I'm just writing to complain and grumble about the "Resurrection" subtitle that seems permanently bolted to this work. Mahler NEVER used used the word as a subtitle. The title "Resurrection", while popular with listeners, certainly doesn't appear on the score and musicologists and reference books are loathe to use it. It's a nifty handle, easy to remember, and looks great in publicity materials but it's not official in ANY way. For that matter, Mahler never called his Symphony Nr.6 "The Tragic," his Symphony Nr.7 "The Song of the Night," and he was embarrassed by the "Symphony of a Thousand" label stuck by a promoter onto his Symphony Nr.8. Mahler labeled only one of his symphonies, Symphony Nr.1, and dropped the title immediately. The "Titan" subtitle only applies to 1893 and 1894 performances of the work; previous performances called it a "Symphonic Poem in Two Parts." After 1894, Mahler dropped a movement from the work, made substantial changes to the work, and dumped the subtitle. Unless you've dug out the original 1890s orchestrations and reinserted the discarded movement, you aren't performing Mahler's "Titan." Sorry for the rant, but it's been bugging me for many years. Now, I can get on with my life!
June 11, 2008 Subject:
About this read
It is a good interpretation of the orchestra and a good read of Barbara. As I collect all M2 versions, this one came as knew as it is.